the domestic tales of four sisters

Spring Front Porch and an Easy Wreath Tutorial

When we purchased our home, the HUGE front porch was a big selling feature, for me anyway.  Because we don’t have a back door per say (sliding doors into our pool area instead) and much of our yard (at least where the kids play) is in the front of the house, I loved the idea that I could sit on my porch, sip some fresh brewed iced tea, enjoy the outdoor ceiling fans, and watch the kids play.  The only problem… we didn’t have any outdoor furniture that would work with our new outdoor space.  We had a nice set with our old home, a big table with a huge attached canopy, perfect for our paver patio.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t going to fit under our porch.  So it was sold and we went shopping for new.  We scored at Wal-Mart of all places and because it was nearing the ‘end’ of the season (in PA anyway) we were able to get it at a great price, enjoyed it for a few weeks and stashed it away for next year.

When our first few warm days arrived and I headed outside with the kidos, this is what greeted me…




Sad… but lots of space so I started with adding the furniture I already had and gave it a good ‘spring cleaning.’


Seating for 6 (or 8 children), yay!


My father-in-law enjoys sitting on the rockers when he visits.  I have to agree, it’s a peaceful place to relax.

Then I added my LOVELY spider plants that were a Mother’s Day gift from my people (aka husband and children).


So pretty!  Finally, I needed a fun spring/summer wreath.  I hit up Michael’s (coupon in hand) and grabbed a plain grape-vine wreath and some CHEAP fake-y hydrangea flowers.  Now, I recognize they’re not the nicest fake flowers, I went for the most cost-effective option because I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out.  Now, that’s it’s finished I believe I may need to go get some nicer flowers and make it reusable if desired.  Anyone, even the most craft-challenged, can pull this one off. 🙂

All you need to do is remove the long stem from the flowers and use some floral wire to attach the flowers to the wreath the way you’d like.  I used twist ties (no joke) because I completely forgot to buy wire.  It worked, but I’ll probably fix it later.




Not too bad eh? The finished space…


All ready for some summer entertaining!  Now, to convince the husband to get on the fire pit!


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